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Former OC Congressional candidate convicted

December 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A woman who made at least two unsuccessful runs for Congress was convicted Tuesday of bouncing more than 100 checks. 48-year old Delecia Holt of Aliso Viejo was found guilty by a jury of seven felony counts of writing non-sufficient fund checks exceeding $40,000. She was also convicted on one felony count each of grand theft and defrauding an innkeeper by non-payment.

Investigators say that in July of 2005, Holt went to a Mercedes Benz dealership in Orange County and wrote a bad check for about $13,000 as a down payment for a $32,000 car. She drove off with the car but never made any legitimate payments for it.

Then, between July 2007 and September 2007, Holt lived at the Comfort Suites in Lake Forest where she paid for her room using two separate checks totaling $5,000. Her account did not have enough funds and the hotel was not paid, according to prosecutors.

In October 2007, Holt hosted a comedy night fundraiser at a Dana Point hotel. The event did not raise any money so Holt wrote a personal check for $15,000 to the hotel to cover the cost of the event. She also wrote another check to the comedians hired to perform at the event for a total of $2,000. The checks did not clear due to insufficient funds.

During the trial, Holt testified that she was unable to cover her checks due to costs associated with deaths and illnesses in her family.

Prosecutors said Holt bounced a total of 108 checks.

She faces a maximum sentence of eight years and four months in state prison at her sentencing on Jan. 21, 2010.


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